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Bandh: One hurt in Patiala
Tribune News Service

Activists of the Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena (Hindustan) and VHS protest during India bandh in Patiala on Thursday
Activists of the Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena (Hindustan) and VHS protest during India bandh in Patiala on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Patiala, July 3
On the call of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and other Hindu organisations like Rashtriya Sewak Sangh (RSS), Shiv Sena (Hindustan), Shiv Sena (Bal Thackrey), All-India Hindu Suraksha Samiti, Bajrang Dal (the youth wing of VHP) etc, a bandh was observed in the city today against the government’s decision to take away 800 acres of land of the Amarnath Shrine Board.

City shopkeepers had closed their shops to show their support to the cause. All markets of the city were closed except a few shops at one or two places. However, shops that were open were forcefully closed by party workers.

The workers resorted to stone-pelting and around 50 shops were damaged at various places, including Urban Estate, near Punjabi University, Patiala. Few shopkeepers were annoyed with this incident. They said it was unjust to forcefully close the shops as they would suffer losses because of no sale. The police reached the spot and brought the situation under control.

Lalit Goyal, a member of a Hindu organisation, was thrashed by furious shopkeepers who were not in favour of forceful closure of shops. He received injuries on his head and was admitted to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala.

However, DSP (H) Ashish Kapoor said nobody was injured and no incident of loss of life or property was reported. Only few workers who were trying to break the window panes of the open shops were pushed, he added. He said he pacified the workers and there were no signs of communal riots. There were few instances of clashes between shopkeepers and workers but on the whole, the bandh was peaceful, he added.



Subhiksha targeted in Rajpura
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib/Rajpura, July 3
Partial bandh was observed in Fateharh Sahib with shops closed for a few hours in the morning during the BJP-VHP's daylong nationwide bandh against revoking of the land donated to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.

Rajpura remained tense in the morning with protestors bullying shopkeepers to shut business in various markets of the city.

The protestors broke the panes of a Subhiksha Center, which was opened for some time in the morning. The activists opened shutters of the center and broke its panes.

Around 25 protestors also tried to block the G.T. Road and disrupted traffic for half an hour. They also decided to stop the Delhi-Lahore bus passing through Rajpura but the police officials stopped them from doing so.

The activists shouted slogans in favour of their parties, including the Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena and Hindu Suraksha Samiti and other organisations. Many of them were seen carrying sticks and sharp-edged religious symbols while making rounds of the city. Police officials were seen diverting long-route buses from other places.



Ambala remains shut
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 3
The bandh call given by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) to protest against the decision of the Jammu and Kashmir government to cancel the allotment of land to the Amarnath Shrine Board was successful in Ambala district except for a stray incident when a shopkeeper met with a heart attack.

Ashok, owner of a general store, has been admitted to a local hospital and is said to be stable. Ashok suffered a heart attack after a few activists browbeat him to shut his shop in light of the bandh.

Meanwhile, the main bazaars in Ambala City, including grain market, Sarfa Bbazaar, wholesale cloth market, Kotwali Bazaar and vegetable market remained closed. The affect of the bandh was also seen at Ambala Cantonment where the shopkeepers kept the shops closed but not for long. In Naraingarh, too, the main markets remained closed.

The VHP and BJP workers took out a procession in Ambala City and Ambala Cantonment this morning and persuaded the shopkeepers not to open their shops. No report of confrontation was received so far. The police had made tight security arrangements in Ambala City and Ambala Cantonment. 



Ropar peaceful
Tribune News Service

Ropar, July 3
The bandh evoked mixed response from various quarters today. The call passed off peacefully and no incidence of violence was reported.

Ropar and Kharar gave a mixed response to the call. In Kharar, the localities of Balongi and surrounding market remained closed for the whole day.

The shops in the main market of Kharar remained closed. BJP activists got all business establishments closed at around 11 am. Only those business establishments that are on NH 21 operated throughout the day.

Similarly, in Ropar, the activists of BJP, VHP, Shiv Sena and other parties raised slogans against the Jammu and Kahsmir Government for revoking land donated to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.



Brawl over mango claims life
Tribune News Service

Kharar, July 3
A man succumbed to his injuries after getting injured in a brawl over a minor issue of plucking mangoes from a garden.

Surjeet Singh, a resident of Sahauran village, was allegedly beaten up by Avtar Singh alias Takki on June 28. Surjeet's four-year-old daughter Pooja had plucked a raw mango from a field which Avtar had taken on contract. Avtar's son Deep Singh objected to this and slapped Pooja. Her mother Kanta Devi was also with her and she too was slapped. Kanta's nose pin fell on the ground and she lost it.

She informed her husband Surjeet Singh, who came back to farm and took away a baton used to dislodge mango from tree. Surjeet Singh went to Avtar's home and a brawl ensued. Avtar allegedly beat him up with iron rods. Surjeet was immediately taken to the Kharar Civil Hospital from where he was referred to PGI, Chandigarh.

He was discharged from PGI a few days ago but on Monday, developed some complications. He was again taken to PGI where he died on Wednesday night. Avtar Singh has been booked for murder.



YPS beat DP Azad Academy in U-12 tourney
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 3
Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy prevailed over Yadvindra Public School Academy (YPS) by 2 runs in a pool B match of the first Sardar Amar Singh Memorial Cricket Tournament for under-12 at the YPS ground here today.

YPS team required 6 runs in the last over to win the match, but DP team tilted the balance in their favour by putting up a brave show. Two batsmen of the YPS team were run out and on the last delivery, the team needed 3 runs, but could get only one and fell short by 2 runs from victory.

Batting first, DP Azad team put on 111 for 7 in 25 overs with a good knock of 25 runs by Pranav 25. Amrit contributed 15 whereas Raghav made 10 runs.

Chasing a victory target of 112, YPS Academy scored 109 for 7 in allotted 25 overs.

In another match between APJ Academy and Gillco XI at the PCA Ground 3, the former outplayed Gillco XI by 9 wickets.

After winning the toss, APJ invited Gillco XI to bat first which were all out for paltry 53 in 20.5 overs.

Anmol emerged the highest wicket taker, returning with the figure of 4 for 1 in 2 overs. Aryan and Harmeet bagged 2 wickets each for 8 and 14 runs, respectively.

In reply, APJ Academy overhauled the target in 7.3 overs as they scored 56 for 1.

Tajpreet (16) and Sahil (14) were associated in a 32-run association for the first wicket stand.

The tourney is being organised by Mohali Cricket Association.

Brief score

Gillco XI: 53 all out in 20.5 overs (Chiranjit 17, Lakshay 10, Anmol 4 for 1, Aryan 2 for 8, Harmeet 2 for 24)

APJ XI, Kharar: 56 for 1 in 7.3 overs (Tejpreet 16 not out, Sahil 14, Simran 8, Shubham 1 for 23).

Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy: 111 for 7 in 25 overs (Pranav 25, Amrit 15, Raghav 10, Abhimanyu 2 for 14, Abhay 1 for 15, Darshbir 1 for 20).

YPS Academy: 109 for 7 in 25 overs (Abhimanyu 30, Jaskaran 16, Yuvraj 16, Guneet 14, Karan Inder 2 for 24, Sonu 1 for 16, Paras 1 for 16).

Tomorrow’s fixtures: At YPS School: DP Azad Academy vs Sector 16 Stadium.

At PCA Ground 3: Gillco XI vs Sunny Enclave. Both matches will begin at 7.30 am. 



Jr Golf: Patiala’s Sandhu shares lead in group D
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, July 3
Jairaj Singh Sandhu of Patiala shared the lead in category D (under 10 years) on the penultimate day of the Lalit Suri Northern India Junior/Sub-junior Golf Championship as Rashid Khan took a five-stroke lead in the A division on the par-72 greens of the Army Environmental Park and Training Area (Army golf course) at Dhaula Kuan in Delhi today.

Nine-year-old Jairaj, who is a regular under Jessie Grewal at the CGA Golf Range, played a seven over par 79 to be tied first with Piyush Sangwan at 159. Tomorrow is the final day of the tournament.

Chandigarh’s Tarundeep Chadha played a bad 10 over par 82 to slip to fourth slot at 235 in category B. Another golfer from the region, Harman Virk of Jalandhar, occupied the sixth place at 238.

Subhankar Sharma of Patiala occupied the third spot in category C (11-12 years) at 244 after the third round.

Delhi’s Rashid Khan returned a card of one-over 73 for a 54-hole total of 3-under 213. Chikkarangappa (category B) continued to be in the overall second position at 218 while Kanishk Madan was third at 219. Vicky Sharma was fourth at 220 while Khalin Joshi, Samrat Basu and Raghav Bhandari shared the fifth position at 226. Bhanu Pratap Singh was placed eighth at 227 while Kapil Kumar was ninth at 229. 



U-15 cricket trials from tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
The Punjab Cricket Federation will conduct selection trials at Sector 16 cricket stadium here on July 5.

From the selected probable, a team will be selected for the forthcoming National Inter-State Cricket Championship for Under-15 being organised by Tamil Nadu Cricket Federation at Chennai from August 13 to 17.

The probable will attend a coaching camp and the final team will then be selected.

Players born on or after January 1, 1993, are eligible to take part in trials.

Interested players should report to coach Harish Sharma, along with the original date of birth certificate at Sector 16 stadium, at 1 pm.



Cop booked for eve-teasing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
The Chandigarh police booked ASI Manjit Singh on the charges of eve-teasing here today. According to the police, Sector 39 resident Suman Bala alleged that the ASI on duty misbehaved with her when she was taking a stroll with her family in the evening


Narwinder Singh and Bhupinder Singh, both residents of Sector 22, were arrested today on a charge of robbing a man while another accused Amit Bhalla managed to flee.

The arrests were made after Gurmail identified them from the photographs of the suspects available with the police.

According to sources, the trio forcibly stopped Gurmail Singh at the light point of Sectors 16 and 23 robbed him of cash, mobile phone and identity card on June 21 when he was on his way back home. The accused, who acted as police officials to stop the vehicle, had even thrashed him. 



Passport Case
Lucky’s brother arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
The crime branch of the Chandigarh Police arrested Amarjit Singh, brother of Gurjinder Singh Lucky, a Jalandhar-based travel agent involved in a stolen passports case, from the city this evening.

According to sources, Amarjit took Rs 50,000 from Bharat Ghai, operational director of Air Slovakia (already arrested), last month when Lucky’s wife Neeru was arrested as he needed money to file Neeru’s bail application. 



Murder Case
Doctors reconstruct charred woman’s face
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
The police is groping in the dark in the case pertaining to the murder of an unidentified woman whose charred body was found near Ram Darbar here on April 22. The killers had defaced the victim to conceal her identity.

The police has reconstructed the face of the woman with the help of doctors from the PGI and has asked neighbouring police stations to provide information on missing person reports.

S.S. Srivastava, SSP, said: “I have already written to the district officers of all neighbouring states, including police stations, asking them to provide us details of missing persons. We have approached more than 700 persons from nearby villages, but have failed to identity her.”

The police believes that the killers were more than two and had apparently set her on fire to conceal her identity. The police has ruled out robbery as motive.

The body was found lying face-down on a heap of smouldering sugarcane. Her left arm and shoulders were charred and a deep stab injury mark was found on her abdomen.

The police found burnt sandals, an anklet and broken bangles near the body, indicating that a struggle had probably taken place.



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